These words could be read as the opposite of “it takes a village [to raise a child]” or “many hands make light work,” and is also akin to the anachronistic “too many chiefs and not enough Indians.” Rather than argue for universality of any one stance, suffice to say that some situations call for teamwork, and others for the concentration and oversight of only one, or maybe a few.

Proverbs 11:14
Where there is no guidance, a nation falls,
but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

Typically, Hebrew poetry rhymes not with sound but with idea. Often you see an idea in one line repeated or amplified in the line that follows. This is the case with many of the proverbs. We are told both that a lack of guidance causes troubles and that an abundance of advisors creates safety. In this case the concern is the health of a nation. Again, this does not mean you can apply the need for many advisors to all situations. Rather, the need for the help and assistance of others must be assessed on a case by case basis depending on what you are doing. Making soup: No need. Raising a child: Need.

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